Louisiana implements Medicaid expansion

On June 1, 2016, Louisiana became the 31st state to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Louisiana has obtained federal approval to use pre-existing data from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to adjudicate Medicaid eligibility in real time, both at initial Medicaid enrollment and upon re-enrollment; it is the first State to have won such approval via a Medicaid plan amendment rather than time-limited federal waivers. [More]

#PCGCares: Raleigh office continues relationship with the IFFS

For the second straight year, staff from the Raleigh Office spent an afternoon volunteering at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's (IFFS) Tryon Road Teaching Farm. On May 12, PCG volunteers from Education, Health and Human Services (HS) assisted with soil preparation, weeding, harvesting eggs, and feeding livestock on the farm. Tryon Road Teaching Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture; and, in conjunction with IFFS' other programs, the farm supports 10 surrounding counties and assists in feeding more than 50,000 adults and children each month. [More]

#PCGCares: Columbus office races for the cure

On Saturday, May 14, Health staff from PCG's Columbus office participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Poor weather conditions--cold temperatures, blustery wind, and pouring rain--weren't enough to deter the brave PCG volunteers who arrived at the Survivor Palooza at 6:00AM to set up, greet survivors and their guests, hand out snacks and provide information about race day activities. At one point, two volunteers literally held on to the tent poles to keep the tent from blowing away! Collectively, the Ohio office raised nearly $1,000 for the Race for the Cure and PCG has graciously agreed to match up to $1,000. [More]

HHS finalizes ACA non-discrimination rules

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), finalized rules in the Federal Register on non-discrimination under federally-funded health care programs and activities. The final rules implement section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which broadly prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, in order to advance health care equity and reduce health care disparities. The final rules reflect OCR’s evaluation of 24,875 public comments on proposed rules that were published on September 8, 2015. [More]

PCG provides program validation for innovative pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism

In 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism among juvenile and adult offenders while improving the lives of hundreds of high-risk young men, saving taxpayer dollars, and strengthening communities. Referred to as the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Project, this program was the third large-scale implementation of a pay-for-success model according to a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study entitled, “Massachusetts Pay for Success Contracts: Reducing Juvenile and Young Adult Recidivism.” [More]

Supreme Court returns ACA contraceptive cases to lower courts in hope of compromise resolution

In an opinion issued on May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court remanded to the lower courts challenges by a number of nonprofit religious organizations to the contraceptive coverage requirement contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Without expressing any “view on the merits of the case,” the Supreme Court vacated and sent back the cases to the Courts of Appeal indicating the possibility of the parties reaching a compromise, based upon supplemental briefs that were ordered to be submitted. The action was viewed as an attempt to avoid a 4-4 split decision by the Supreme Court, which would result in different outcomes in different states. [More]

PCG Denver Bridging the Gap 30 for 30

Staff from PCG’s Denver office recently participated in “Career Week,” a weeklong event supporting the Mile High United Way’s (MHUW) “Bridging the Gap” program. MHUW’s event offered PCG participants one-on-one mentoring time with struggling teens aging out of foster care as they prepare for their first jobs. [More]

SME moderates important child welfare panel

On May 17, American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a conference, “Preventing harm to children through predictive analytics,” focused on examining predictive analytics in child welfare. PCG Subject Matter Expert (SME) Judge James Payne (Human Services – Indianapolis) moderated the first of two panels during AEI’s conference. [More]